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Candlelight vigil held for 3 children killed in Las Vegas

Candlelight vigil planned for children killed
Candlelight vigil planned for children killed
Candlelight vigil planned for children killed
Candlelight vigil planned for children killed
Posted at 4:14 PM, Sep 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-05 12:44:06-04

About a dozen people gathered together Tuesday night to honor three children killed in recent weeks.

The vigil was at Sunset Park, where the mother of 3-year-old Daniel Theriot reported him missing Sunday. The boy's body was later found in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

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In a similar case, the mother of 3-year-old Dejah Hunt reported her daughter missing on Aug. 23 before the girl's body was found in a duffel bag in an apartment closet near Lake Mead and Hollywood boulevards.

In addition to the two 3-year-old kids, 8-year-old Levi was killed after his parents' vehicle was T-boned by a driver who went through a red light at Eastern and Harmon avenues on Aug. 31. 

"I'm a mother as well," said Erika Greisen-Leach. 

Greisen-Leach organized the event. She was one of the volunteers who had searched Sunset Park this weekend after Daniel Theriot was reported missing.  Deeply touched by the recent deaths, Greisen-Leach wanted to mourn and pray with the community.

Many in attendance were fighting back tears.

"I think we have to take a stand, we have to at least, do this, and come and say we care," said Carrol Carter.

13 Action News spoke with a grandfather who had felt compelled to come to the vigil.

"It just hurts," said Terry Walton.